Mireille Wener, Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, and Dr. Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, this week attended the official opening of a new evaporative dryer at Lactalis South Africa’s cheese factory in Bonnievale.
“The Western Cape government congratulates Lactalis. This represents a significant investment of R140 million and will support 800 jobs in Bonnievale and surroundings,” said Wenger. “More investments in the Western Cape means more work for the people of the Western Cape. We therefore have reason to celebrate this official opening.”
Lactalis South Africa’s Bonnievale plant is the largest cheese factory in Africa.
The new evaporative dryer removes water from milk to produce a powder that has a longer shelf life. It is easy to transport and is used in a range of food products such as baked goods, pastries, dairy products and processed foods.
Meyer also welcomed the investment and says it will destroy consumer confidence. “Agriculture is the most dominant industry in the five districts of the Western Cape. It drives the economy and creates jobs. This new facility supports the growth rate of agriculture in the Western Cape and the province’s goal of creating hope through growth and work.”
Alban Damour, general manager of Lactalis South Africa, says the investment shows the continued commitment by the company to strengthen its business in South Africa. “We remain focused on innovative business solutions that enable the production of high quality food products, while creating jobs and making a difference in the communities where we operate.”
Wenger says the province is committed to continuing to work with Lactalis and other businesses to make it as easy as possible to do business and expand businesses in the province to ensure economic growth.
- Lactalis South Africa has been the new name of Parmalat since 2020.
Officially open, congratulations @groupe_lactalis.
Thank you for choosing the Western Cape and we look forward to many more years of working together, boosting the economy and creating many more jobs.#ForTheLoveofAgriculture pic.twitter.com/AcQt1wJx93
— Minister Mireille Wenger (@MireilleWenger) April 4, 2023
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